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Projects Looking for racing History on this 1932 Ford 3 window

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Sledge, Aug 4, 2012.

  1. Sledge
    Joined: Feb 5, 2008
    Posts: 1,722

    from Nor Cal

    Thanks McFly, It's had a hard life but Im on a mission to make this body nice again. John originally brought it to me just to have that dip in the roof fixed and a windshield put in, but he's gettin the bonus plan!:D
  2. flatoz
    Joined: May 11, 2003
    Posts: 3,173


    I think this car deserves the bonus plan, and , after seeing that, you could not say that things were always done better 'back in the day' I can't believe that, that side of the roof didn't part company with the body after a big bump in the road.
  3. shiftervic
    Joined: Apr 12, 2011
    Posts: 189

    from So. Cal.

    Great find on the car's history...looking good!
  4. tinmann
    Joined: Nov 11, 2005
    Posts: 1,588


    Awesome thread. Great trip through history. And an amazing save to a worthy car.
  5. VonKool13
    Joined: Feb 16, 2008
    Posts: 1,039


  6. tommyd
    Joined: Dec 10, 2010
    Posts: 11,328

    from South Indy

    This is what I get for checking out the HAMB before I go to work. A nice thread that I can't stop reading and now I'm gonna be late for work! Ryan, can you write me a excuse note?:D
  7. vonpahrkur
    Joined: Apr 21, 2005
    Posts: 918


    wow, nice work on the cowel vent and the door patch panel!
  8. JeffreyJames
    Joined: Jun 13, 2007
    Posts: 16,612

    from SUGAR CITY

    Sledge is my new hero. Talent and style for miles and miles!!! Cowl looks awesome and I love that the owner is keeping everything around.
  9. JeffreyJames
    Joined: Jun 13, 2007
    Posts: 16,612

    from SUGAR CITY

    Also I am still blown away when a car like this surfaces....or at least 2 and 2 are put together. I have referenced the car many of times here on the HAMB and there the car was right under our noses! Such an awesome car with a mean and hell profile.
  10. Nobey
    Joined: May 28, 2011
    Posts: 1,175


    In both the photos Jimmy posted, the dip in the top behind the A pillar is
    the clincher for me. Jimmy your like a blood hound, all we have to do is give
    you a sniff and turn you loose. Don't get pissed at me, I mean that in the
    greatest admiration. Rich.....
  11. No offense taken :)
  12. n847
    Joined: Apr 22, 2010
    Posts: 2,706


    Awesome piece of history! Cant wait to see this one back together!
  13. ironbuyer
    Joined: Aug 10, 2004
    Posts: 370


    Thats funny...... Dustbuster look! Some things should stay history. Great car.
  14. Stormin' Norman1
    Joined: Jan 15, 2009
    Posts: 134

    Stormin' Norman1

    Very interesting. A lot of history in that car. Nice work.
  15. very cool car ! I have a picture of the car with myself in the background and my 3 year old son leaning on the front tire taken at viva in 09........we framed it and its on the mantle in our living room............good times
  16. Mr.Bomba
    Joined: Apr 13, 2007
    Posts: 358


    Congrats on the great Detective work! also nice A pillar work! Nice car..
  17. VonKool13
    Joined: Feb 16, 2008
    Posts: 1,039


    Updates while your waiting on parts for Sleds Merc?
  18. thunderbirdesq
    Joined: Feb 15, 2006
    Posts: 6,940


    Awesome work so far, man that really looks great! Hard to believe that great looking coupe had all that ugly underneath!

    Can't wait to see more progress, Kevan.
  19. Gasserfreak
    Joined: Aug 31, 2004
    Posts: 1,340

    from Yuma, AZ

    Very Cool, every time I see this car around I have to stop and look at again. GNRS 13' maybe?

    Sent from my DROID device using the TJJ mobile app
  20. Sledge
    Joined: Feb 5, 2008
    Posts: 1,722

    from Nor Cal

    Not a lot going on right now, I'm just trying to get the car unchanneled which is harder than I thought. whoever put it back up on the frame did a half ass job and the back of the body was still channeled about 2 inches. There is really nothing to go off of so it has been difficult. I got the quarter panel patches in and working on the subrails. The repop subrails didn't fit at all so I've had to modify them to work.

    The floor had all kinds of crappy brackets welded to the body so those had to be removed

    Drivers side is close to being done and the door is fitting nice.
  21. propwash
    Joined: Jul 25, 2005
    Posts: 3,858

    from Las Vegas

    I always have to remember that the 'deuce coupe' was not the holy grail that it has become. They were fairly ubiquitous (all over the friggin place) in the 40s and early 50s. Look at any oval track or drag strip photos from around those times, they were (along with others) chopped, channeled, hacked up, perforated and treated badly. Looking at the car in question, somebody was certainly in a big hurry to cut down the profile of this car and didn't much care about doing it well. I'm glad it's in the hands of people that WILL make the work right, and restore the car to a semblance of its former glory.
  22. HeyyCharger
    Joined: Dec 8, 2008
    Posts: 941


    Wow, simply wow.

    This is one of those threads that 1) Blows my mind on how cool that 3 Window Deuce is and 2) Once again amazes me at the knowledge and brothership Jimmy Barter has. This man is invaluable.

    Sledge, your work is just exceptional, partly due to the respect you have for what you are working on also.

    Viva La H.A.M.B!

  23. Emperor Chris
    Joined: Oct 9, 2007
    Posts: 469

    Emperor Chris
    from Nor Cal
    1. Upholstery

    Dang bro that is coming along! Looks cool.
  24. sr
    Joined: Feb 12, 2007
    Posts: 400

    from Monterey

    Awesome story and great find. Glad to see the roots of the car. Cant wait to see it finished.
  25. VonKool13
    Joined: Feb 16, 2008
    Posts: 1,039


  26. Lucky_mtl
    Joined: Dec 27, 2003
    Posts: 52

    from Montreal

    I love that shit.. i think you nailed it!
  27. bonesy
    Joined: Aug 14, 2005
    Posts: 2,999


    Great cat, work and research.

    Just when I start getting "down" with the HAMB, things like this reinvigorate me! Awesome.
  28. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 10,422

    Atwater Mike

    On the top chop: Sam Barris wrote that 'most top chops are cut 1/2"-1-1/2" lower in rear to smooth out the factory lines'. This was illustrated in various magazine articles of the times. I took it to mean Customs, ('35-'54 generally) but many '32-'34s were chopped in that manner, however subtle. (like 1/2")

    The screwed-on plexiglass windows and windshields first appeared at the drags in 1953-54. The material used was a 'soft', pliable clear plastic, not the hard 'Plexiglass'.
    The first ones were screwed onto the outside perimeter, then later ('57) it was generally screwed on from the inside, trimmed to fit under the garnish moldings, which were optional.
    There were no less than 8 cars with plexiglass windows screwed on that ran at 'Little Bonneville', San Jose's drag strip on King Road at the time.
    Some of the cars were Igniters' club cars: Switch's chopped/full fendered yellow '32 sedan, 331 Chrys. power; Tabash Bros. '32 Five window orange Hiboy, flathead power;
    Soto Bros. chopped/channeled '31 Austin Bantom Coupe with long nose, maroon, flathead power; and another long nosed Austin Bantom Coupe, rose red with light blue flames. (flathead also)
    There were others, but I was 12, and busy helping out our racing team. The plexiglass was cool to me, easy race trick and looked VERY 'businesslike'.
  29. What's taking so long! How about some updates? I've loved john's Coupe since I first saw YEARS ago.....
    Hope to see it done soon.

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